Scavenging Identity Jun 21, 2007-Aug 11, 2007
Chelsea Center for the Arts is proud to present FACE: Scavenging
Identity, exploring the margins of mainstream portrait genre.
Traditional portraiture is a mix of realism and artifice,
public persona and private life, interior and exterior.
It entails subtle negotiations between artist and model,
even when the two are nominally the same. The international
artists in this compact but wide-ranging exhibition take
a more unorthodox approach, but they retain the perennial
fascination with human nature. They challenge the conventions
of the genre using a variety of mediums, including painting,
collage, sculpture, photography and video. Today, traditional
social structures—once defined by nationality, class and
gender—have necessarily given way to more individual and
improvisational ways of constructing identity.
of the work uncovers layers of meaning by focusing on human
skin, from the distended belly of a pregnant woman to the
leathery remains of a fetish-draped corpse. Some of the
artists explore the physical limits of the body with close-ups
so extreme that skin and hair become features in alien landscapes,
or present parasitic forms that threaten our autonomy.
emphasize theatricality and the rituals of self-presentation,
whether in Africa or American subcultures. Some create oneiric
installations or provide space for the unleashing of raw
emotion and the temporary disarrangement of the public face.
They appropriate magazines for pictorial journals that blur
the line between autobiography and image-making, or old
master images to break them down into color charts. This
juxtaposition of works by both established and emerging
artists creates an exciting matrix for fresh perspectives
on visual anthropology.
are: Silvana Agostoni, Steven Assael, Monique Baumann,
Santiago Cal, Rainer Judd, Kirsten Justesen, Mark Mann,
Renaud Muraire, Osvaldo Romberg, Burton Silverman, Jean-Manuel
Simoes and Valentin Stefanoff & Nina Kovacheva
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